97th LCCN newsletter

Welcome to the 97th LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

Another busy newsletter!  It’s our AGM,  The Committee on Climate Change going local, Fuel Poverty figures, the Festival of Transition, Brighton Energy Co-Op launch and more (and nothing on the Green Deal or nuclear power problems!)

LCCN Annual General Meeting
Our AGM will take place this Friday, May 25th at 2pm (as per the previous newsletter). It will be at the Dragon Hall Community Centre, 17  Stukeley Street, London WC2B 5LT. This is very central – a short walk from Holborn tube station.

The main focus will be a discussion on how local action on climate change and low carbon living can best be taken forward. This is your chance to have your say in how the LCCN should go forward and develop to support local action.  See the ‘issues for our discussion’ on our website here.

There will be some official business – approval of the accounts etc. – but the great majority of the afternoon will be focused on how we work together most effectively.   If you think that local action matters, and that local action needs a louder voice and better support at a national level, then please do come along!

There will also be an opportunity for anyone interested to stand for election to the LCCN Management Group. This involves 3 or 4 meetings a year and some email discussion.  If you’re interested please email us at hello@lowcarboncommunities.net for more information please click here.

Please book your place at the AGM NOW! – that way we know how many to cater for. You can do this online at: http://lccnagm2012.eventbrite.com/
There is of course no charge.   You can even then go on to the Climate Jobs Rally at 7pm on the same evening (see below)

Member survey
Our survey will be closing in the next couple of days, so that we can share / discuss the results at the AGM. We’ve had a good response but we’d like more! The better the results from the survey, the better our support is likely to be and the more influence we can have nationally.  If you value the LCCN, then it is in your interest to fill in the survey…

Go on-line to – http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KZ35YHL

Committee on Climate Change go (slightly) local

The new report from the CCC on local government on ‘How local authorities can reduce emissions and manage climate risks’ is now out and a must read (at least at summary level) for anyone engaging with their local council:

“There is currently no requirement for local authorities to take action on climate change. This coupled with limited funding means there is a significant risk that local authorities will not develop and implement sufficiently ambitious low-carbon plans.  This report emphasizes the crucial role councils have in helping the UK meet its carbon targets and prepare for the impacts of climate change. It outlines specific opportunities for reducing emissions and highlights good practice examples from a number of local authorities.  The Committee recommends that a statutory duty and/or additional funding is needed to ensure local authorities have stronger incentives to act.”

The major omission (sad but unsurprising) is anything much about community / voluntary sector action: maybe next time? 

Exhibits – download the data, charts and figures that appear in the report: Exhibits

Brighton Energy Launch
On Wednesday night Brighton Energy Co-operative launched their pioneering project to generate community-owned green power in Brighton & Hove complete with share offer. MP Caroline Lucas was among those attending.

For full details see: http://www.brightonenergy.org.uk/2012/05/brighton-energy-coop-launches-sign-up-now/

Fuel poverty to surge in 2012
The Government has projected that fuel poverty will surge in 2012 to affect 3.9 million households in England alone, up from 3.5 million in 2010. New research released today by the Association for the Conservation (ACE) of energy also finds that the government is cutting in half the budget to make fuel poor homes energy efficient, despite evidence that this is the most effective way to bring homes out of fuel poverty.

The Government figures show that fuel poverty figures fell by half a million households in 2010, mostly as a result of energy efficiency measures and stable fossil fuel prices.  But this masks an assault on household energy bills in 2011 as a result of surging gas prices and the decision of the coalition government to take an axe to the fuel poverty budget. The Energy Bill Revolution alliance campaign estimates that across the whole of the UK there are now over 6 million households in fuel poverty and that this will rise further as gas prices are projected to increase further this year.

More on this on our website here – http://lowcarboncommunities.net/2012/05/22/fuel-poverty-to-surge-in-2012/

The Rio Connection
This June, 20 years since the groundbreaking Rio Earth Summit of 1992, government representatives from around the world will meet again in Rio, for Rio+20. This is a vital time to recommit to action to tackle climate change. And across the UK, Stop Climate Chaos campaigners are running local events, calling for ambition from our representatives at Rio. 

It’s essential that we put pressure on our politicians to work for a fair and green future. Please join this national movement by getting involved with events in your local area. And if there aren’t any happening near you, it’s not too late to organise your own! Visit the Rio Connection website for details of events already taking place, and for resources and tips to help you hold your own.

Climate Jobs Caravan
The Final Rally for the  Climate Jobs Caravan is on  Friday 25th May, 7pm at Friends Meeting House, St. Martin’s Lane,(off Trafalgar Square)

A chance to catch the excitement the Climate Jobs Caravan has been generating across the country as it has visited over 25 towns and cities with its message that investment in climate jobs can help solve both the economic and environmental crises

Speakers include:
Tony Kearns (Sen. Dep. Gen Sec of CWU),
Jean Lambert MEP, (Green Party),
Murad Qureshi (Chair, GLA Environmental Committee),
Professor Barbara Harris-White (Million Climate Jobs Report),
Graham Thompson, (Greenpeace),
Graham Petersen (UCU)

For more details of the Climate Jobs Caravan tour: http://www.campaigncc.org/ or follow on twitter: @climate_caravan

The Festival of Transition has began!

The nationwide ‘
Festival of Transition’, coordinated by nef (the new economics foundation) and the Transition Network, has begun, running until 20th June, the first day of the 20th UN Earth Summit in Rio.   Instead of flying to Brazil, the Festival gives people the opportunity to do something positive about climate change and the economic crisis in their own communities.

The Festival is a unique mixture of walks, talks and a DIY day of action on 20th June.  It combines a series of organised events at festivals, museums and institutions around the country with an open invitation to schools, workplaces and community groups to stage their own ‘real-life experiments’ in living differently on 20th June.  Full details of Festival events can be found at http://www.festivaloftransition.net.


Climate poetry competition results
Come along to an evening of funny, gritty, and hard-hitting poetry on the biggest issue facing our world today.

Elin ap Hywel, Radio 4 eco-poet Susan Richardson and John Tripp Award Winners Dafydd Wyn and Emily Hinshelwood will be reading alongside the winners of Awel Aman Tawe’s climate change poetry competition.

Friday June 8th 7.30pm
Pontardawe Arts Centre

Herbert Street, Pontardawe

Free entry,

but please book in advance so we have an idea of numbers: 01792-863722
  for more information contactehinshelwood@awelamantawe.co.uk

National communications strategy needed!
Green Alliance is delighted to introduce a new report  “Neither sermons nor silence – the case for national communications on energy use”.  This relates to the Green Deal and other issues (see last week’s newsletter)

Read the report here
Take part in discussion and read comment on our blog here 

Danish green energy policy…
…is still going strong. A good overview from Reuters:

And in the USA:

Must-See CBS News: We Are ‘Living On A Planet With A Fever…. This Is Our Society’s Sink Or Swim Moment’

CBS Evening News  had “one of the best segments ever on manmade global warming”  The piece is headlined on their website, “Assessing the risk of climate change” with this description:  The past 12 months were the hottest on record, and forecasters are predicting high temperatures across the U.S. this summer. Science and environment contributor M. Sanjayan explains the risk of climate change.


Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?

We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website here.
SCENE is the current group featured, check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:

  • Who we are
  • What we’re doing
  • How we involve our community
  • The results we’ve achieved

250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.

Please email your details to – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 700 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!
If you find the newsletter useful, why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to – membership@lowcarboncommunities.net
Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.

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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                               22/05/2012

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